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Chinese, Taiwanese and European Tourists Could Possibly Be Exempted For Visa Fees

The mass exodus of Cambodian workers last month was a hot topic of discussion on Facebook as well as on forums normally visited by expats. Then there was the banning of tourists who overstay in the Kingdom, the end of border runs and the confusion whether tourists should bring with them their passports at all times.

Read: "NO NEED TO CARRY PASSPORT AT ALL TIMES" SAYS BANGKOK IMMIGRATION COMMANDER

Read: RULES BANNING TOURISTS WHO OVERSTAY ARE NOW OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED

Read: BORDER RUN- IT'S A MISTAKE TO MAKE MISTAKE

With all the confusions going on, one thing is clear. Tourists from mainland China and Taiwan have a chance of being exempted for the visa fee worth 1,000 baht upon arrival. Yes, they pay that fee when they enter Thailand. 

Both governments are just waiting for the confirmation and its publication in the Royal Gazette. When signed, the exemption will be in place for three months. It is the same amount we Filipinos and other countries are enjoying upon entering the Kingdom by plane. We don't pay that fee. Visas for work and temporary residence would remain subject to fees though.

Not only that. Even European tourists could possibly enjoy the imminent enjoyment the Chinese and Taiwanese tourists  are going to experience. According to permanent secretary for interior Wiboon Sa-nguanpoing on Thursday, Tourism Ministry is considering a proposal to exempt Europeans as well.

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Khon Philippine

I'm a full time travel and tourism lecturer at a university in the north who also loves blogging during my spare time. I blog about news particularly in Thailand, personal travel stories, and anything under the sun.